ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for Destruction

Palmyra (wikipedia)

Palmyra (wikipedia)

Frontpage, May 22, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield:

The great columns and pediments of Washington, D.C. that give it a Roman and Greek air have their origins in a lost city in the Syrian desert. After Robert Wood and James Dawkins visited the ruins of Palmyra in the eighteenth century, the illustrations of the bare columns and broken arches helped inspire neoclassical architecture. Now the city that helped inspire Washington is occupied by ISIS.

It is a historical irony that the classical architecture of our national capital where Islamic terrorists are appeased owes a good deal to a forgotten Christian outpost that surrendered to the armies of Islam.

Some would even say that history is repeating itself.

Palmyra fell when it was besieged by the savage horde of Khalid ibn al-Walid; the Sword of Allah. The Sword of Allah was known for numerous atrocities. One particularly gruesome account describes how he murdered the Arab poet and chieftain Malik ibn Nuweira for returning taxes demanded by Mohammed to his people, telling them, “Your wealth is now your own.” The Islamic IRS was even nastier than ours.

The Sword of Allah cut off Malik’s head and used it to cook dinner before raping his wife. Through such atrocities, that helped inspire the modern crimes of ISIS, the Sword of Allah was able to keep Mohammed’s conquests together after his death. When he came to Palmyra, the Sword swore by Allah that he would conquer it even if it were in heaven and capture its sons and daughters.

Hoping to save their lives, the people of Palmyra surrendered and became dhimmis. Arabic replaced Aramaic, Islam replaced Christianity and the city once founded by King Solomon mostly vanished from history. Those inhabitants who survived the terrible centuries of Islamic occupation, lost their identity, their religion and any knowledge that they were of a nobler kind than their brutal conquerors.

Palmyra falls again with its capture by ISIS. This fall may be its final one. If ISIS has its way, the ruins of the city that helped inspire the rebirth of classical architecture in England and America will be destroyed.

Like the old armies of Islam that destroyed the Library of Alexandria because its books were a threat to the totalitarian writ of the Koran, ISIS destroys the remains of the civilizations that predated Islam. It is not alone in seeking to destroy the histories of more civilized times so that none of the peoples under its rule can ever seek to better themselves by reaching for something higher and better than the Koran.

America found inspiration in ancient civilizations to reach higher. ISIS wants a world where no one can ever know that there were better men than Mohammed and the Sword of Allah, so that its followers will aspire to be nothing better than murderers and rapists, destroying the past to kill the future.

While the archeological mass destruction practiced by ISIS and the Taliban is well known, “moderate” Muslim kingdoms like Saudi Arabia engage in the same practice. Wahhabism began with the destruction of relics. While Europeans were marveling over Palmyra, the House of Saud was massacring thousands and destroying historical artifacts across Iraq and Syria in a manner indistinguishable from ISIS.

The Islamic State’s Caliph has vowed that “After Ramadi, will come Baghdad and Karbala.” ISIS is retracing the path of the House of Saud, which had declared, “We took Karbala and slaughtered and took its people (as slaves), then praise be to Allah… and we do not apologize for that and say: ‘And to the unbelievers: the same treatment.’”

That horrid event took place in the same year that Washington D.C. was incorporated as a city and the Library of Congress was founded. There could hardly be a better contrast between Islam and America.

That is what we are up against, not only in the fight against ISIS, but in the Clash of Civilizations.

Islamists in Libya and Timbuktu, after Obama’s illegal regime change destabilized the region, were left free to destroy mausoleums and shrines. When UNESCO protested, the Jihadists of Ansar Dine, the Defenders of Islam, responded by mocking the helpless international organization, “We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what? [We are acting] in the name of Allah.”

Now UNESCO is appealing to protect Palmyra from the modern Swords of Allah, but it’s equally helpless to do so. The Swords of Allah and Defenders of Islam are savages who thrive on terror. They destroy everything that reminds them of their own cultural inferiority. They cannot be reasoned with.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova calls the potential destruction of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site, “an enormous loss to humanity.” But we cannot save the ruins of Palmyra until we recognize that the forces threatening it today are the same as those that left it a forgotten ruin in the desert.

The enormous loss to humanity started when the warlords of Islam began the destruction of thousands of years of civilization. ISIS is only finishing what the armies of Mohammed began.

When it burns manuscripts in the Mosul Library, ISIS is following up Caliph Omar’s destruction of the Library of Alexandria. When the Jihad conquered Persia and found “innumerable quantity of books and scientific treatises”, Omar commanded, “Throw them into the water.”

Until we recognize that ISIS is the extension of the Islamic imperative of cultural mass destruction, we will continue losing cultural heritage sites, not only in the Middle East, but in Europe as well, where churches are being turned into mosques, Georg Engelhard Schröder’s Juno is covered up in the Swedish Legislature to avoid offending Muslims and a Mozart opera is shut down in Berlin.

Palmyra is likely to meet the same fate as Aleppo and Nimrud. As have Hatra and Khorsabad.

The ruins of Nimrud were bulldozed and blown up. In Mosul, ISIS savages rampaged through the museum smashing artifacts. Dabiq, the ISIS magazine, explained that, “The kuffar (non-Muslims) had unearthed these statues and ruins in recent generations and attempted to portray them as part of a cultural heritage and identity that the Muslims of Iraq should embrace and be proud of.”

ISIS, like the armies of Islam dating back to Mohammed, has as its core mission the destruction of the pre-Islamic cultures that might inspire people living under Islam to better themselves, to look beyond the black veil of Islam to the past and the future. There is nothing savages hate more than civilization.

What is at stake in the Clash of Civilizations is the destruction of civilization. The ruins of Palmyra inspired our civilization. Their threatened destruction should inspire us to protect our own civilization from the Swords of Allah before all that remains of our cities is the ruins of a lost greatness.

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Suleimani’s Gambit: Bid to Deal Crushing Blow to ISIS in Bayji

A general view of Baiji oil refinery in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani http://www.businessinsider.my/battle-for-one-of-iraqs-most-important-oil-refineries-2015-5/#d3WKrsDe4jhCYHvR.99

A general view of Baiji oil refinery in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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GEN Suleimani: Source: talkhandak.com

GEN Suleimani:
Source: talkhandak.com

Despite the fact that Ramadi – and all of Anbar – has been under Islamic State (IS) control since last year, the American public woke up to shock at seeing the remaining Iraqi Army forces flee the area. A 3,000-man Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) force has been deployed to Habbaniyah for a counter-attack. As we stated in our piece “JV Team Solidifies Hold on Anbar With Ramadi Purging,” the IA is stretched thin and not capable of maintaining a high OP-Tempo in Anbar or Northern Iraq. Irgc-Qods Force commanding GEN Suleimani deployed the PMC force to help “stop the bleeding” in Anbar while he directs the main effort to the Saladin Province city of Bayji – which is a key logistical support hub for IS efforts in the country as it links the flow of supplies and reinforcements from Syria and Mosul to the front-lines further South. Although we had originally assessed that the PMC force sent to Anbar would be part of an effort to retake Ramadi, it now appears that they’re going to be conducting limited operations and bolstering the defenses in the remaining installations. Regarding the Bayji offensive, it may begin as early as next week.

“JV Team” Solidifies Hold on Anbar With Ramadi Purging
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=6542

We can’t say that we blame Suleimani for wanting to “go big” since its become painfully obvious that cowardice runs deep among his Arab counterparts in the Iraqi Army (IA). Over 400 prisoners were released from the Ramadi jail when IS overran the last IA installation. Many of the prisoners were IS fighters who had been detained over the course of the war as far back as a year ago. Now that they’re out, IS will be able to field all those tanks and assault vehicles they acquired after the IA from all the surrounding areas fled in panic. IS added insult to injury by quickly putting out propaganda though their IO channels “thanking President Obama” for providing all the weapons and vehicles that they now possess. This was done to show the Obama administration that Team Baghdadi isn’t scared of his “strategy” (we use the term very loosely here) and that Iran isn’t going to end the war anytime soon.

ISIS frees hundreds of extremists from Ramadi prison
http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/19052015

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IS releasing their fellow terrorists from the Ramadi jail
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IS: “Thanks Obama!”
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They have more than enough personnel to operate these now after emptying out the jail
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Suleimani isn’t playing. Our sources within the Kurdish Peshmerga have informed us that an Iranian Artillery Battalion (as in the Iranian military, possibly a Basij Resistance Force unit) was moved within a few kilometers of Bayji and the Badr Organization sent additional personnel to bolster the PMC contingent located at COP Speicher. This should be a good indicator that he views Bayji as the top priority. The logic is simple – take over Bayji and cut off the flow of supplies to the other IS units and you have a much easier time making the push to retake Mosul. However, Bayji is only one of many locations that the combined IA/Qods Force/PMC/Peshmerga forces will need to seize – and HOLD. Other areas that need to be cleared out and controlled is the Zaab Triangle (with an emphasis on Hawijah), the Hamrin Mountains and Tikrit – which still remains unsecured despite IA claims to the contrary. The planned offensive to retake Mosul will fail unless all of these areas are controlled. If this doesn’t happen, then IS will be able to disrupt the ISF supply lines and effectively blunt the attack before they even reach the capital of Baghdadi’s “Caliphate.”

Thus far all attempts to reinforce the ISF garrison isolated at the far corner of the Bayji Oil Refinery (BOR) complex have failed with the refinery experiencing heavy damage to its infrastructure. The Obama administration is trying to maintain the narrative that the IA still “controls” the BOR, but the ugly truth of the matter is that IS fighters control all but a tiny corner that the IA have been pushed into. The BOR itself hasn’t been operational since last year, which has had a significant impact against the Iraqi economy since its the largest refinery in the country capable of producing over 300,000 barrels per day. The refinery in Basra comes in at a distant second with an output of only 160,000 barrels per day. IS hasn’t been impacted by the BOR being rendered inactive since they’ve been maintaining micro-refineries all throughout Ninevah Province going into Northeastern Syria. Laying siege to the BOR and damaging the infrastructure is for one purpose: to deny the Government of Iraq (GOI) revenue that would otherwise go towards keeping their military afloat.

U.S. Military Worries Key Iraqi Refinery Could Fall to Islamic State
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-worries-key-iraqi-refinery-could-fall-to-islamic-state-1430930353

You can see some of the festivities currently underway inside the BOR right here:

The IRGC-Qods Force and their proxies have had a few victories as of late, as demonstrated by Asaib al-Haq (AAH) having killed New Baath Party (NBP) leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri during an operation in the Hamrin Mountains. Indeed al-Duri’s death was a great victory, but he was one of many members of the former Saddam regime who fight under the IS umbrella. Suleimani likely views Bayji as an opportunity to improve morale and deal IS a large enough blow to where they’re forced to redirect resources from Anbar to the North in defense of Mosul. If successful, it would also give Suleimani additional leverage over Prime Minister Abadi on influencing how the National Guard will be formed. A lot is riding on this Hail Mary, but will the Qods Force succeed? Had they decided on this course of action before opening up the new front in Yemen it would’ve been possible. That said, the escalating fight on the Arabian Peninsula is sucking up a great deal of resources that would otherwise have been sent to Iraq. We assess that the Northern Iraq offensive to retake Bayji will not result in any meaningful gains. Back in Anbar, IS will likely seize on Suleimani’s focus Northward and increase their OP-Tempo to eliminate the rest of the ISF presence in the Province. Khan al-Baghdadi and Haditha are likely their “50 meter targets” with Habbaniyah to follow. What about al-Asad Airbase? Oh, they’re going to save it for last. Despite what the academics in the Department of State and staff eunuchs at the Pentagon claim, we’re certainly not winning this fight. They better change their current IS and Iran strategies because their both colossal failures…

Confirmed: Izzat al-Douri, former Saddam Hussein deputy, killed by Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq forces
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/confirmed-izzat-al-douri-former-saddam-hussein-deputy-killed-by-asaib-ahl-al-haq-forces/

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Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri: His death marks the end of an era
Source: Iraqi News

Other Related Links:

GOI Begins Prepping For OPs in Bayji, Hawijah and Mosul While Tikrit Remains Unsecured
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=6252

IA Claims to Have “Liberated” Tikrit – Reality Says Different
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=6044

Today’s Middle East: The Burning Fuse of the 21 Century’s “Great Game”
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=6193

ISIS Digs-in For Battle of Tikrit as Sunni Populace is Targeted by Iran’s Proxies
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5559

Incoherent Strategy Delays Mosul Offensive as Administration Touts Hashtag Victory
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5217

ISIS Shaping Operations Against IA Blunts Mosul OP Before it Starts
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5171

IA Struggling to Avoid Collapse on Multiple Fronts – Mosul OP in Danger of Failing
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5008

The Tikrit Front: Not So “Rosy” as Claimed by Obama Administration
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5440

FBI Speaks To Bergen County High School Students About ISIS Recruitment Threat

al hayat mediaHACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The FBI has targeted Bergen County, New Jersey to stop Islamic State militants from getting a stronghold there – and agents have been going to high school with a message.

Christine Sloan was there when agents visited a Bergen County school on Tuesday. An FBI intelligence analyst who did not wish to be identified spoke at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Hackensack.

He warned students about a new threat – a sophisticated recruitment video trying to lure them into joining the terrorist group ISIS.

“There’s a role for everybody. Every person can contribute to the Islamic State,” a young Canadian man tells viewers in the recruitment video. “You can even come here and rebuild.”

“”It definitely was eye-opening,” said high school senior Zoey Zibor. “You know, you learn that it’s in your own backyard. It’s Americans citizens wanting to join these terrorist groups.”

The young Canadian who appears in the recruitment video ended up dying while fighting as a member of ISIS in Syria.

“It’s definitely a bad thing,” said senior Basik Gorkem.

The Bergen County school was one of many the FBI has come to with its alarming message – regular American kids could be vulnerable to this kind of propaganda.

“It was videos and all social media that no one is really that aware of what’s happening; how deep they go into Facebook and Twitter now,” said senior Aaron Brunert.

“I would say I am more interested than I am scared,” said senior Robert Harris. “I want to know how to find terrorists; how to stop them from doing things.”

The FBI said more than 150 Americans have traveled abroad to join ISIS – some of them teenagers.

“Our students; our young people have to understand that they have a part to play in counterterrorism operations here,” said Leo McGuire, security director at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School.

The FBI is planning to take its message to other schools in the Tri-State Area to reach kids at critical adolescent ages. They hope to make sure they don’t fall prey to propaganda that ISIS is putting on the Internet.

In the past, the FBI community outreach program in the past focused on issues such as cyberbullying.

When Muslims Assassinate

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Political Islam, By Bill Warner:

When Muslims assassinate Kafirs who offend Islam, they are following Mohammed’s perfect example.  Any Muslim is permitted to carry out the death sentence, vigilante justice. This is why there was an attempted assassination at Pam Geller’s Garland, TX event.

But what is the perfect Sunna on assassinations? There are five examples of Mohammed ordering people to be murdered because of what they said about him. There was a Jewish poet, an Arab poetess, dancing girls who sang satirical songs, a tribal chief who was planning to fight Mohammed and another Jew who offended Mohammed.

So the next time a Kafir who offends Islam is killed, it is because of Mohammed’s standing orders.

Caliphate-Seeking Group to Host US Conferences in Coming Weeks

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Breitbart, by JORDAN SCHACHTEL,  May 21, 2015:

A radical jihadist organization is set to host numerous conferences throughout American cities this summer, holding events in May and June in Washington D.C., Chicago, and Dearborn, Michigan.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), a worldwide Islamist entity that openly advocates for Sharia law under an Islamic caliphate—the same doctrine promulgated by the Islamic State terror group—has chapters throughout the world. Hizb ut-Tahrir America, the United States chapter of the international jihadist group, will host a series of conferences in the coming months.

The group’s logo showcases the black flag of jihad, the flag which is commonly seen in the hands of jihadi holy warriors belonging to groups such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, al-Shabaab, and the Taliban. Hizb ut-Tahrir openly advocates for a long-term strategy that starts with a process of ideological indoctrination and recruitment. The group will then commence a “period of attaining and seizing the reins of power,” according to its texts.

In years past, Hizb ut-Tahrir has openly urged its members to proactively support Islamist movements in the Middle East, specifically those prioritizing the establishment of a caliphate. In addition to promoting worldwide Islamic domination, the group has issued pamphlets that call for death to those who attempt to leave Islam.

Terrorism experts have described the organization as a “conveyor belt” and a “starting point” towards Islamist terrorism. Some allege that the fringe movement seeks to clandestinely recruit American Muslims to fight on behalf of terrorist organizations in the Middle East.

Former Hizb ut-Tahrir members allegedly include the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and former al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab Zarqawi. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, a Hizb ut-Tahrir leader rejoiced in the slaughtering of its cartoonists at the hands of terrorists, describing the attacks as a “cure” for “insults to [Muslims’s] book and prophet.”

Its 2015 Chicago conference, called the “Rise Of The Righteous Khilafah (Caliphate) On The Method Of Prophethood,” will take place on May 31 at the Lexington House in Hickory Hills, Illinois.

On June 7, the jihadist entity will host an event titled, “Sunni and Shia Under The System Of Islam,” which is set to take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dearborn, Michigan.

On June 14, the group will host the “Reclaim Your Islam Khilafah (Caliphate) Conference” in Washington D.C. The exact location of the conference has not yet been disclosed.

Half of Democrats, A Third of Republicans Want to Ban Hate Speech

screen-shot-2014-04-21-at-2.27.23-pmTruth Revolt, by Mark Tapson, May 21, 2015:

A new poll by YouGov shows just how far toward totalitarianism Americans are slipping:

A’s latest research shows that many Americans support making it a criminal offense to make public statements which would stir up hatred against particular groups of people. Americans narrowly support (41%) rather than oppose (37%) criminalizing hate speech, but this conceals a partisan divide. Most Democrats (51%) support criminalizing hate speech, with only 26% opposed. Independents (41% to 35%) and Republicans (47% to 37%) tend to oppose making it illegal to stir up hatred against particular groups.

As Charles C. Cooke notes at National Review’s Corner,

It’s important to note here that “stir up hatred against” does not mean “instruct a crowd to kill” or “explicitly incite violence against.” Both of those things are already illegal under the Supreme Court’s 1969 Brandenburg standard. Rather, it is a fancy way of saying “be really mean to.”

Back to YouGov:

Support for banning hate speech is also particularly strong among racial minorities. 62% of black Americans, and 50% of Hispanics support criminalizing comments which would stir up hatred. White Americans oppose a ban on hate speech 43% to 36%.

Unlike much of the rest of the developed world… the United States does not make it a criminal offense for people to make statements which encourage hatred of particular groups. For example a prominent British columnist, Katie Hopkins, is being investigated by the police for referring to African migrants crossing the Mediterranean as “cockroaches.”

Cooke again:

You will note that Hopkins did not threaten African migrants, and nor did she ask her readers to meet her the next day and embark upon a violent crusade. She merely said horrible, uncouth things. In America, she would have been absolutely fine. In England, she can — and may — be prosecuted under the Public Order Act.

Should Americans wish to become more like the British, they would have to do no less than to repeal the First Amendment.

The fact that even more than a third of Republicans would be in favor of repealing the First Amendment in order to criminalize offensive speech is alarming, to put it mildly.

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Ex-CAIR Official Flies to Iran to Curse U.S.

unnamed1Frontpage, by Joe Kaufman, May 21. 2015:

Cyrus McGoldrick wasn’t at his home in Florida this past week. He spent the week in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Part of his time was devoted to sightseeing, and part of it was spent cursing his home country, the United States, while shilling for Iran on Iranian TV. He is currently back on U.S. soil, but his actions suggest that he instead renounce his citizenship and take up permanent residency in the terrorist state, where his mom was born. But before he leaves, he needs to be investigated.

Cyrus McGoldrick converted to Islam, while attending Columbia University at the age of 20. It did not take him long to become radicalized, as following his graduation in 2010, he became the Civil Rights Manager for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Prior to that, he had served as an intern for CAIR-NY. He has also served as CAIR-NY’s Advocacy Director.

CAIR was established in June 1994 as being a part of the American Palestine Committee, an umbrella organization acting as a terrorist enterprise run by then-global Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was based in the U.S. at the time. In 2007 and 2008, amidst two federal trials, the U.S. government named CAIR a co-conspirator in the raising of millions of dollars for Hamas. In November 2014, along with ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, CAIR was listed as a terrorist group by United Arab Emirates (UAE).

During his time with CAIR [He left at the end of 2012] and after, McGoldrick spoke at a number of anti-Israel protests held annually in New York City. At the 2013 Al-Quds Day rally, while a fellow rally goer only a foot or two in front of him held a sign containing a large swastika, McGoldrick called for the destruction of Israel, stating “There will be no two states, because that is not justice… It is one state between the river and the sea. We say free free Palestine.” At the 2014 Al-Quds Day rally, he prayed, “Allah, please grant victory to the mujahideen.”

Violence against Israelis is a passion for McGoldrick. In July 2014, he tweeted: “Praying for Palestine today and everyday. Allah, either guide the oppressor ‘Israeli’ regime or give us the strength to destroy them [2].” In April 2013, he posted the following to Facebook: “So much love to Anonymous for OpIsrael: ‘wiping Israel off the Internet map’… Next, the Zionist state.” McGoldrick has, as well, retweeted messages from the Palestinian terror group Al-Qassam Brigades, and he has dehumanized supporters of Israel by referring to them as “Zionist beasts.”

McGoldrick champions other terrorists beyond Palestinians. They include: Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison for shooting at and attempting to kill U.S. soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan; Tarek Mehanna, who received a 17.5 year sentence for plotting to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaeda; and Lynne Stewart, who received a ten year prison sentence for smuggling messages from “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to his followers in Egypt. Of them McGoldrick stated, “Until they are free, none of us are free” and “We have to fight for them.”

In June 2013, McGoldrick also defended a highly publicized Taliban attack against American soldiers in Afghanistan. He wrote, “Breaking – details not yet clear, but seems that resistance fighters have attacked Kabul’s military airport housing American imperial troops.”

At the end of 2014, McGoldrick left New York and his wife for Florida, where he was hired as the Youth Director for the Youth Coalition of South Florida (YCSF). Under the leadership of McGoldrick, YCSF and the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a radical mosque with a number of terrorist associations, teamed up for youth and family events held every Wednesday and Saturday at ICBR.

A co-founder of ICBR, Bassem Alhalabi, was a research assistant for Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian at the University of South Florida (USF) and was charged with the illegal export of a $13,000 military thermal imaging device to Syria. Another co-founder, Syed Khawer Ahmad, was the creator and webmaster for the official website of Hamas’s charitable and educational apparatus in Gaza, the Islamic Association (Al-Jamiya Al-Islamia).

One former imam of ICBR, Ibrahim Dremali, was placed on the federal “no-fly” list, and another, Muneer Arafat, admitted under oath that he was an affiliate of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. A member of the mosque, Rafiq Sabir, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qaeda, following his taking an oath of loyalty to the terror group and Osama bin Laden.

While in South Florida, McGoldrick has also served as a contact for Young Muslims (YM), the youth group of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). McGoldrick has been a speaker at a number of YM and ICNA events, including different ICNA conventions. ICNA has been involved in the financing of both Hamas and al-Qaeda and has used the web to promote a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban.

In August 2006, ICNA’s main charity, ICNA Relief, was the top donor and partner to Pakistani charity Al Khidmat Foundation (AKF), at the same time AKF took a delegation to Damascus, Syria to hand deliver nearly $100,000 to Hamas global leader Khaled Mashal. Mashal thanked the group and said Hamas would continue to wage “jihad” (war) on the “Zionist yoke” (Israel). ICNA Relief continues to work directly with AKF overseas.

On May 6, 2015, Cyrus McGoldrick flew from Miami to JFK Airport in New York. The following day, he flew from New York to Abu Dhabi. A couple days later, he was in Iran.

While in Iran, McGoldrick took in many sights, in and around Tehran, and shot many beautiful photos of his experiences [3]. However, it is dubious that his sightseeing tour was the reason for his trip, because right when he arrived, he quickly made his way to Iranian Press TV (PressTV) for an interview to assist the terrorist state.

Cyrus McGoldrick is no stranger to Press TV, which is part of state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Since February 2012, he has been featured on 17 shows. Most, if not all of the shows, are designed to paint U.S. government and law enforcement as power hungry, evil and severely biased against Muslims. Indeed, the day after McGoldrick’s most recent show, Hassan Nasrallah, the global leader of Hezbollah was on Press TV live, cursing the U.S.

One of McGoldrick’s Press TV episodes even targets President Barack Obama, whom many consider a friend to the Muslim community. This is no problem for McGoldrick, as he revels in denouncing the President every chance he gets. On Facebook, he has referred to Obama as “Pharoah Obama,” “an eloquent tyrant,” and “a threat to global peace & security.” In November 2012, following Obama’s reelection, McGoldrick wrote, “Obama’s victory is not worthy of celebration. The fact that we celebrate him is to be mourned.”

Another episode discusses how the FBI allegedly “forces Muslims into spying.” This is of interest, because McGoldrick has personally issued threats towards those he believed to be informants. In October 2012, he wrote on Facebook, “Dear informants, infiltrators & snitches: It is impossible to express how much contempt & pity I have for you. Be good or be gone, CM.” When someone surmised who McGoldrick was talking about, McGoldrick replied, “Nobody famous, a young kid, worst informant in the world. Don’t worry we’ll blast him later.”

On May 14th, McGoldrick appeared in his most recent Press TV episode [4], entitled ‘Al Saud puppet of US, Israel.’ In it, McGoldrick took aim at America and her allies and what he believed to be their ill treatment of Iran in Yemen, while glorifying Iran as a compassionate and charitable nation. His answers seemed studied and scripted.

A recently released U.N. report showed evidence that Iran has been transporting large shipments of weapons to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen, since 2009. To prevent any further shipments, Saudi Arabia, assisted by the US, is conducting a naval blockade in the region.

According to Iran, the shipments it makes are for humanitarian purposes only, comprised of things like medicine and food, and Cyrus McGoldrick is more than willing to mimic this phony line on Iranian TV. He stated, “This is just one more grotesque… example where Iran is being accused of what their opponents are already doing… Iran is sending much-needed aid, is being blamed for escalating a conflict which it certainly did no part in starting.”

McGoldrick glorified Iran, while attacking the U.S. He stated, “Iran as always continues to be an opponent of… injustice, an opponent of imperialism in the region and so it only makes sense… that you see these very familiar allies, the same cast of characters, the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and now its regional allies standing against it once again.”

He said that the U.S. is making false accusations against Iran “without any shame.” He called the accusations “vicious.” He said that the conflict is “not just about Yemen… it is about the American hegemony throughout the Muslim world, throughout the world at whole.” On the other hand, he spoke glowingly of those on board the Iranian ship. He said, “It is very important and I want to put forward the immense pride that we have in the people who are on that boat…”

Question: Who are the “we” in McGoldick’s statement?

One might understand if these things were being said by an Iranian. However, while his mother, Nikoo (pen name “May”), was originally from Iran – she left on the eve of the Iranian Revolution – Cyrus McGoldrick was born and raised in the United States. But it seems he does not consider himself to be American. No doubt, he outright hates America.

In June 2013, he posted a message on his Facebook page, referring to Iran as “our nation” He wrote, “Sending prayers and love to the people of Iran on their election day. May God bless our nation with leaders that serve, remind, and struggle.”

During his trip, just prior to arriving in Iran, he compared Iran to his home country, placing “home country” in quotes. On Facebook, he wrote, “Iran isn’t as suspicious of me as my ‘home country.’”

This last message was erased from his Facebook page, along with every post he made concerning his trip to Iran. Why? Why did he feel the need to delete them? Did he think there was something incriminating contained within his posts.

This begs further questions regarding his trip. Who paid for the trip? Was he paid for the show interview? Who set up the interview? Did he have any dealings with Iranian officials? If so, did he supply them with any information outside of what has been discussed?

Iran, after all, is found on the U.S. State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. There are only four countries named on that list. Is Cyrus McGoldrick working for one of them?

Because of this, McGoldrick needs one more interview. This time, though, with the U.S. Justice Department.

The Jihadi Job Application

application3-438x350Frontpage, by Robert Spencer, May 21, 2015:

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf was widely ridiculed in February for saying of the Islamic State (ISIS): “We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war. We need, in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs.” Harf’s statement looks even more ridiculous now that it has come to light that the Islamic State’s parent group and semi-rival, al-Qaeda, treats potential recruits very much like job applicants.

The al-Qaeda application, released this week along with a large amount of other material found in Osama bin Laden’s compound, is an interesting transposition of contemporary Western workplace culture to the age of savagery: as matter-of-fact and routine as asking for references or people to contact in an emergency, it asks, “Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?”

The entire application is a similar blend of jihadist piety and bureaucratic officiousness. “In the name of Allah the compassionate and merciful,” it begins, “Important remarks before you fill in the application: 1. Please answer the required information accurately and truthfully. 2. Please write clearly and legibly.” It contains a uniquely Islamic confidentiality clause: “Please refrain from sharing the information you provide on the application with each other because it is a trust to Almighty Allah.” Any questions? “If you would like to discuss any further issue, please tell your direct brother supervisor.”

The form then asks for the applicant’s name, the date according to both the Gregorian and Hijri calendars, “Nickname/Alias,” “Father’s Occupation,” and other personal information, before getting down to brass tacks:

Date of your arrival in the land of Jihad:………………..

How long do you plan to stay in the (jihadi) theater?………

After asking about the applicant’s education level, the form asks: “When did Almighty Allah bless you with this gift?”

Then come questions about the level of the applicant’s knowledge of Islam – questions that John Kerry and Joe Biden and David Cameron and the others who insist that jihad terror groups have nothing to do with Islam must assume the applicants answered with “None,” “No,” and “No one”: “How much of the holy Qur’an have you memorized? Did you study Shari’a? Who was your instructor?” It also asks, “Which shaykhs do you listen to or read often?” and “Which shaykhs or Muslim dignitaries do you know?”

Clearly al-Qaeda was not looking for the poor, uneducated, misled, manipulated youths that fill jihad groups according to media myth. It asks: “Have you invented or researched anything in any domain?” Sounding like an application for summer camp but probably looking for young men who spent their summer days building homemade bombs, it asks, “Any hobbies or pastimes?” Other superficially innocuous questions have a clearly ominous edge, given the context: “Do you know anyone who travels to Western countries?” “Do you know any workers or experts in chemistry, communications, or any other field?” And above all: “Do any of your family or friends work with the government? If so, would he/she be willing to cooperate with or help us?”

“List the types of passports you possess,” the application directs. “Did you use a real or forged passport for your current travel? Provide details on how you arrived here. Did you encounter any difficulties on the road to this place?” Now that you’re here, when will you be going?: “Do you wish to execute a suicide operation? What objectives would you would like to accomplish on your jihad path? What ideas and views do you, your family, and your other acquaintances have about jihad in Allah’s sake here?”

And finally, after getting the name, address and phone numbers of those to be contacted after the applicant’s Islamic martyrdom, the application concludes: “Praise Allah, Lord of all worlds.” Not that this has anything to do with Islam, of course.

The application places the global jihad in a whole new light. It’s not just a vocation, it’s a job. Marie Harf and John Kerry are placing their hopes on the idea that those in the employ of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State will be willing to switch careers: from warrior for Allah to, say, Wal-Mart greeter. It is, unfortunately, unlikely that al-Qaeda’s pious applicants will find that a good career move.

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George W. Bush Didn’t Create ISIS; Islam Did

pic_giant_052115_SM_ISIS-FightersNRO, by David French, May 21, 2015:

There are few things the Left loves more than a college liberal “speaking truth” to conservative power. Days ago, 19-year-old University of Nevada student Ivy Ziedrich seemed to enjoy just such a moment and “made headlines around the world” when she confronted Jeb Bush about ISIS. Ms. Ziedrich had the gumption to confront Bush in the midst of a scrum of reporters and confidently recite leftist conventional wisdom about the current Middle East crisis, declaring: “Your brother created ISIS!” After all, according to accepted academic conventional wisdom, the war in Iraq is the source of all (recent) jihadist evil.

And with that statement, the clock started running on 15 minutes of fame — no, 15 minutes of public adulation. Interviews with ABC News, the New York Times, and other outlets followed, with reporters eager to hear her thoughts on the Middle East. And while Ms. Ziedrich is no expert, there is one thing she said that is all too true: “It’s frustrating to see politicians ignore the origins of our conflicts abroad.”

Yes, Ms. Ziedrich, it certainly is. And if you’re on the left or from some quarters of the right, it must be downright exhausting to not only “understand” those origins but also link them in some way to the failings of American, Israeli, or imperialist European policies. Here’s the current scorecard: ISIS is George W. Bush’s fault. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban exist because of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (through the Afghan war against the Soviets and then the Desert Storm-related American troop presence in Saudi Arabia, of course), with the various al-Qaeda franchises in Syria, Yemen, and North Africa merely the fruit of the same poisonous Reaganite tree. The jihadist destruction of ancient — pre-Muslim — world heritage sites? That’s just collateral damage in the war against Reagan and the Bushes. Hamas, Hezbollah, and the PLO are easy to peg — Israeli creations, one and all, existing solely because of the “Occupied Territories.” As for Libya, we actually put those jihadists in power. But what about Boko Haram? I’m sure any decent professor can tell me some way we’re responsible for their atrocities.

But that’s just the last few decades. What about tracing further back? To the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood or to the Ikhwan of the Arabian peninsula? The Ikhwan — as savage as ISIS — trace their origins back to 1913, before the Europeans dominated the Middle East. What about the centuries of conflict between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire? Vienna must have richly deserved its sieges. After all, Europeans launched the Crusades, right?

And before the Crusades, when jihadist Muslim armies invaded and conquered the Christian lands of the Middle East and North Africa, capturing the Iberian Peninsula and threatening modern-day France, there’s little doubt that they were simply striking out at . . . something the Christians did. No, Ms. Ziedrich, George W. Bush didn’t create ISIS. Islam did. Embedded within this faith is a concept called “jihad,” and no matter how many professors tell you otherwise, there are countless millions of Muslims throughout more than a millennium of history who’ve interpreted “jihad” not as a mandate for self-help and personal improvement but as a mandate for war and conquest, a mandate to purify and spread the faith at the point of the sword. The influence of militaristic jihadists waxes and wanes, but it is there, always.

To believe that American actions have created the jihad is to give America greater influence over the Muslim heart than Allah. The current jihad is an extension of the ancient jihad. The foes have changed (the Habsburgs are long gone, and the Holy League peaked at Lepanto in 1571), but the motivation is the same. Why did Osama bin Laden mention “the tragedy of Andalusia” (the more than 500-year-old reconquest of Muslim Spain) in his post-9/11 address? Because, for the jihadist, it’s all one war.

So, by all means, let’s not ignore “the origins of our conflicts abroad.” Regarding our conflict with Islamic terrorists, the origins lie in a religious imperative, one that predates the founding of the United States by more than ten centuries. George W. Bush is no more responsible for creating that conflict than he is for writing the Koran, passing down the Hadith, or establishing the first Caliphate. And in confronting that foe, our choices are the same choices faced by the great non-Muslim powers that came before us: convert, submit, die, or fight. Given those options, there is but one valid choice for a free people. It’s too bad that Ms. Ziedrich, her peers, and her media cheerleaders can’t see past the politics to understand the troubling truth. After all, it will soon be her generation’s turn on the wall. Will they accept the challenge? — David French is an attorney, a staff writer at National Review, and a veteran of the Iraq War.

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Daniel Greenfield explains another leftist narrative:

As ISIS Takes Another City, Obama Prattles On About Global Warming

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Breitbart, by John Nolte, May 21, 2015:

President Obama has become the star of his own malevolent Marx Brothers movie. As chaos causes by our president’s own depraved indifference breaks out across the globe, like a psychotic Groucho Marx, the big joke is that he’s off somewhere addressing the military about Global Warming.

How irreverent!

How cutting edge!

How so very Nero.

In January of 2009, the Iraq War was a won war. Bad intelligence and mistakes aside, the surge had won the war. An embattled George W. Bush could leave the Oval Office secure in that fact. All that was necessary for his successor, President Obama, to keep the war won, was what was necessary to keep World War II won: a small stabilizing force of American troops.

Stabilizing American forces are the win-win of all win-wins.  The peace is kept, our positive influence in the region remains, and the war stays won.

The problem of course is that Democrats love to lose won wars. They are quite good at it, too.

Practice after all makes perfect.

Pop culture and our education system covers this fact up, but America won the war in Vietnam. Nixon and Kissinger won that war. We didn’t defeat the bad guys but we did beat them to a draw that stopped their incursion into South Vietnam. The war was over. Our allies were safe.  Best of all, victory didn’t even require American troops — just a steady supply of American weapons.

Then Democrats won control of Congress:

In November of 1974, three months after Nixon resigned in disgrace, Democrats won a landslide in the mid-term elections. The new Democrat majority in Congress de-funded our promised military aid to South Vietnam, and the Viet Cong made their move. Without American aid, the South Vietnamese were doomed.

Then-President Gerald Ford literally begged Congress to restore funding. By this time things had deteriorated to a point where the South would have also required American airstrikes to hold on.

Democrats adamantly refused funding, making the airstrikes futile.

Within a year, South Vietnam surrendered to the communist North.

Oh, and that “fascist American bull sh*t” Domino Theory your professors always mock? Ask Cambodia and Laos how funny that is. Both countries fell immediately after Vietnam, and millions of innocents needlessly died, all so Democrats could prove they were right all along about opposing the war … a war started by John Kennedy and almost lost by Lyndon Johnson — two Democrats.

Obama can crybaby and whine all he wants about the Iraqis poisoning a status of forces agreement. No one with half a brain or their tongue not firmly connected to his boots (see: Media, Mainstream) believes that. Obama wanted out of Iraq at any cost, wanted that talking point for his 2012 re-election, and damn sure knew the consequences.

Obama intentionally lost a won war, and that perverse act perversely allows the media and Democrats to claim they were right all along about Iraq being a “mistake.”

The problem for Obama and the media and Democrats and America is that Iraq is not Vietnam. We can’t just pick up all our marbles and go home. Democrats and the media didn’t care if their partisan depravity cost the lives of a few million brown people in Southeast Asia. They simply propagandized that horror show into America’s fault, not their own.

Communism was about containment.

Terrorism is not.

ISIS is not.

The vacuum created by Obama’s Iraqi idiocy wasn’t filled by nationalist butchers. It was filled by international butchers, savvy savages and barbarians eager to create a nation-state from which to destroy the rest of the world from; most especially America.

Sunday ISIS took the Iraqi city Ramadi, effectively liquidating Americans gains gained at an incomprehensible price paid by American troops and our Iraqi allies.

The terrorist regime Obama stupidly referred to as jayvee is on the march, and now holds territory a mere 70 miles from the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

None of this had to happen. All Obama had to do was keep a won war won, but his re-election talking point and desire to be right about the war being a debacle meant he had to turn it into a debacle, and then count on the mainstream media to memory-hole that rather vital fact.

Wednesday, ISIS took the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

While ISIS took Palmyra, like a madman,  our commander-in-chief warned his troops, and by extension America and the world, about the imminent dangers of a unicorn.

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Strategic Failures, the US and the Fall of Ramadi

Islamic State fighters celebrate their take over of Ramadi with a victory 'parade.' (Photo: Islamic State social media)

Islamic State fighters celebrate their take over of Ramadi with a victory ‘parade.’ (Photo: Islamic State social media)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, May 21, 2015:

The Islamic State (ISIS) has captured Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, reportedly “terrifying” Iraqi officials who now foresee a “tsunami of international terror.” It is an important achievement for the terrorist group aimed at pre-empting a potential Sunni tribal uprising.

The Sunni tribes in Anbar Province were critical to the success of the 2007 “surge” that ousted the Islamic State’s predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The deterioration in the relationship between these tribes and the central Iraqi government was likewise critical to the terrorists’ comeback in Iraq.

The Islamic State remembered these lessons and acted quickly as the Iraqi government began training tribal fighters and the U.S. defense budget allotted $179 million to Kurdish and Sunni tribal forces. The U.S. forgot these lessons and has long rejected Sunni and Kurdish pleas for direct aid to fight the Islamic State.

The Obama Administration is now planning to change course and directly arm and train the Iraqi Sunni tribes after the fall of Ramadi. The White House previously chose to work only through the central Iraqi government that has given the Kurds and Sunnis inadequate support.

A delegation of 11 Sunni tribal leaders, including Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha, the President of the Anbar Awakening Council, flew to the U.S. on January 18 to plead for direct assistance. Former President George W. Bush called Abu Risha and listened to his complaints for 20 minutes and offered to help. Administration officials were less willing. One tribal official said, “I wouldn’t call it the ‘cold shoulder,’ but it certainly was a cool one.”

The Obama Administration told them that it would only work through the elected central government. Its viewpoint was that working with forces outside the government’s authority undermines the Iraqi leadership and threatens the country’s unity.

That standpoint ignores what was learned after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Nothing threatens Iraq’s unity and the government’s authority more than instability. Direct U.S. aid to the Sunni tribes helped save Iraq from disintegration into sectarian enclaves ruled by terrorists and militias.

The Islamic State struck Ramadi during a sandstorm that delayed American air support. Former U.S. Central Command advisor Ali Khedery says that a Kurdish member of parliament informed him that 6,000 Iraqi Security Forces fled when faced with a mere 150 Islamic State fighters. About 500 Iraqi security personnel and civilians died in two days. The Iraqi officials spoke straight forwardly and  admitted that the current strategy is failing.

The Pentagon says it has finished training about 7,000 Iraqi Security Forces and another 3-4,000 are in the process of training, but training won’t solve the problem of collapsing Iraqi forces. The U.S. trained the Iraqis from 2003 until the withdrawal in 2011. The strategy of waiting for the Iraqi security forces to become strong enough to stabilize the country is the same strategy that failed before the surge.

Iraqi personnel flee because they don’t want to die for a lost cause or to fight for a replacement worse than the Islamic State.

The Iraqi Security Forces face a fundamental disadvantage when battling the Islamic State: They want to live and their enemies want to die. This disadvantage is further compounded by a lack of confidence. If given the choice to die fighting in a losing battle or to flee and perhaps regroup later with better chances of victory, they will choose the latter.

An Anbar official placed the blame on the Iraqi government, telling CNN, “If 10% of the government’s promises had been implemented, Ramadi would still in our hands and the Islamic State wouldn’t dare to be anywhere near the city.”

Iraqi Sunnis are faced with a terrible choice. The Iranian-backed Shiite militias are often nicknamed “Shiite ISIS” because their crimes are comparable to ISIS but are less known by the West because they aren’t broadcasted. However, the Anbar Provincial Council is officially welcoming them now out of desperation and perhaps an awareness that their opposition will be ignored anyway.

The Shiite militias should be expected to mistreat the local Sunnis the second after the Islamic State is expelled or even during the fighting. Tribal support is far from unanimous. The son of the largest tribe’s leader is in the U.S. asking for support right now and bluntly warned that sending the Shiite militias into Anbar Province “will cause a civil war.”

The New York Times has noticed the change in American attitude towards the Shiite militias. Pentagon spokesperson Col. Steve Warren said, “As long as they’re controlled by the central Iraqi government, there’s a place for them.” Yet, only two months ago, Central Command Commander General Austin said, “I will not—and I hope we will never—coordinate or cooperate with Shiite militias.”

The U.S. must correct its strategy by sidelining Iranian-backed militias and terrorists, leveraging influence with the Iraqi government and significantly increasing assistance to the Anbar tribes, Kurds, Iraqi government and to the persecuted Christian minority that is forming its own self-defense force.

Recent history has shown that the Iraqi government will choose the U.S. over Iran if compelled.

In March, the U.S. withheld support to Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Tikrit because of the involvement of Iranian-backed militias and the Revolutionary Guards Corps. The Iranian proxies stalled and could move no further, displaying the value of U.S. air support. The Iraqis chose America and the Iranians were removed from the battle. U.S. aid delivered the victory that the Iranians could not.

The Iraqis had been asking for U.S. for more help including possibly advisors on the ground since October 2013. By March 2014, the Iraqis were asking for airstrikes on the Islamic State. The Islamic State blitz into Iraq began in June.

The Iraqi ambassador complained that the U.S. had denied requests for help including Apache helicopter sales, thereby putting Iraq “in an uncomfortable position in seeking support from whoever is available on the ground.” He emphasized that the “U.S. is our strategic partner of choice.”

Iran opposed the return of U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq as advisors. The Iranian-backed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr threatened to attack the advisors and two other Iranian-backed militias also forcefully opposed U.S. involvement. The Iraqi government went ahead anyway.

Even now, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in Russia and talking to China and Iran about delivering arms that the U.S. refuses to provide.

The U.S. needs to give the Iraqi government a clear choice: Iran or us.

The Iraqi government should be put on notice. If it is willing to restrain the Shiite militias and work with us to disband them, then we will provide all necessary aid. We will help negotiate with the Sunni tribes so their local forces operate within a national framework.

If the Iraqi government chooses Iran, then we will cut our aid and redirect it towards our Sunni, Kurdish and Christian partners while maintaining contact with friendly Shiites. We will not act as the air force for Iranian proxies. If necessary, we will talk about a role for the forthcoming Arab force led by Egypt to replace yours.

It is positive news that the Obama Administration is reversing its stance and will directly help the Sunni tribes, but the anti- Islamic State strategy requires an anti-Iran strategy.

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Gen. Jack Keane: ‘We Are Not Only Failing, We Are In Fact Losing This War’

‘I can say with certainty [Obama’s] strategy will not defeat ISIS’

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So, according to Dempsey, the Islamic State didn’t launch a multitude of suicide assaults on the Ramadi government center, Anbar Operations Command, Camp Ar Ramadi, the Justice Palace, and other locations between May 15 and May 17. Instead, we are told, a sandstorm, which inhibited US air power, caused an Iraqi general to order his military and police forces to just drive out of two military bases and a government center, and a multitude of police stations and checkpoints, to a “a more defensible position,” presumably in Habbaniyah, about 15 miles away.

The US military command is in complete denial about what is happening in both Iraq and Syria. Military officials are continuing to tell us that the strategy to defeat the Islamic State is working, even as major cities fall under the control of the jihadist group (see this DoD News article, Centcom Officials ‘Confident’ Iraqi Security Forces Will Recover Ramadi from today).

Thomas Jefferson & Radical Islam’s War on the West

03_thomas_jefferson-422x350Frontpage, May 20, 2015 by David L. Hunter:

Those that assume that radical Islam is a modern phenomenon that became prominent during Bill Clinton’s tenure as president in the 1990s merely scratch the historical surface of America’s complicated political entanglement with the Middle East’s supposed “religion of peace.”  In truth, the tentacles of radical Islam go all the way back to Thomas Jefferson.

Historically, Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. president to go to war against belligerent Islam.  The American Revolution from English imperialism had left the fledgling republic deeply in debt.  Trade of America’s vast natural resources of lumber, animal skins and crops with Europe was the economic answer.  However, European markets, a traditional mercantile system, were not open to American commodities.  Complicating matters was the fact that America had no navy to protect American cargo ships from Barbary pirates who were known to kidnap foreigners for ransom.  Further, due to American independence, the U.S. could no longer depend upon the British Royal Navy—the greatest in the world at that time—nor the King of England, who customarily paid “tribute” (protection money) to North African pashas and the Sultan of Morocco.

In May of 1784 the Continental Congress dispatched Jefferson to Paris first as trade commissioner and later as ambassador to France. Very early on in the process he became aware of an unexpected reality: Christian-American hostages were being enslaved by violent Muslims. Contrary to rumor and the popular belief of the time, these North African predators were not the stereotypical pirates out for booty: wine, women, adventure and song.  These “Barbary Pirates” were in fact just typical Middle Eastern Muslims known then as Mahometans or Mussulmen who did not consume alcohol and prayed to Allah several times a day. They crewed the ships of the Mediterranean Sea’s Islamic city-states and their efforts to capture cargo and passenger vessels were both economic and religious. Like today’s terrorists, these predecessors called themselves Mujahidin or “soldiers in the Jihad” and engaged in holy war against the West.  Not much has changed in 200 years.

The Mujahidin knew the Union Jack, but they didn’t know the Stars and Stripes.  Not that it mattered then or now: All foreigners and non-Muslims were targets.  Jefferson foresaw the danger and spent the fall of 1784 studying Islam as well as fellow diplomats’ treatment of the long-standing issue.  Specifically, in March of 1785, future presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to London to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman. When they inquired into the Mujadhins’ propensity “to make war upon nations who had done them no injury,” the ambassador replied:

It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.

Jefferson argued correctly that paying “tribute” to Muslim extremism would encourage further malfeasance: “infidel” enslavement, hostage-taking and ship hijacking had already plagued Europe for a thousand years.  Although John Adams concurred, as America had no standing navy, the circumstance forced the new, debt-ridden nation to pay a hefty 1 million dollar tithe (approximately 10% of the U.S. government’s annual revenues in 1800), a government entitlement program for terrorists that went on for 15 years.  Like the monarchies of Europe, Jefferson’s Democratic-Republicans were focused on Western expansion and did not want those efforts stymied by useless armed conflicts in the Old World.  The money guaranteed safe passage of American ships and/or the return of American hostages.

Like today in the West’s continuing quest for crude oil instead of developing comparable domestic resources, the price remains high to do business with the barbarous Middle East.  In Jefferson’s time, British merchants, British and French royalty and virtually every maritime trading country in Christian Europe capitulated to the extortion rather than shift resources from burgeoning global empire-building elsewhere.  However, Jefferson realized that any peaceful arrangement with the Mujahidin was a temporary fix, which would ultimately lead to greater and greater demands.

Unlike the Obama doctrine of continued appeasement and hollow political “victories” not worth the paper they are written on, Thomas Jefferson wanted to fight.  However, certain precincts of the U.S. government reacted haphazardly to continued acts of terrorism.  In late 1793, the mass hijacking of U.S. ships by Muslims had a 9/11 effect on the U.S. economy.  Four months later, on March 27, 1794, Congress—after debating the subject periodically over a decade—finally decided to build a fleet of warships: six extra-large frigates.  In essence, the United States Navy was born in response to unprovoked Muslim aggression.

After 17 years of calling for war against Islamic extremism represented by Barbary piracy, it was not until 1801 as America’s third president that Mr. Jefferson dispatched a naval squadron of four warships to the Mediterranean to engage in a four-year war off the shores of Tripoli.  Sporadically, a Western power would bombard Muslim port cities in response to the ongoing threat, but nothing ends the seemingly endless Christian-Islamic religious conflict.  As history demonstrates, Obama’s political realities mirror Jefferson’s.  However, Mr. Obama’s cowardly head-in-the-sand reaction is in direct opposition to Jefferson’s Reaganesque show of strength.

Given the terrorist atrocities of September 11, 2001, the historic date of September 11, 1683 also comes clearly into focus. That was a turning point in human history: the defeat of the Islamic armies of the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic caliphate by Christian forces at the gates of Vienna.  From that moment until the recent times, Christian or Western powers would dominate the Muslim world. Radical Islam seeks to violently overturn that arrangement through modern savagery and continuous warfare.

U.S. Congress Hears Testimony on Need to Work With Egypt, Encourage Reform

Subcommittee Chairman Ros-Lehtinen Questions Witnesses at Hearing on Egypt 2 Years After Morsi

Subcommittee Chairman Ros-Lehtinen Questions Witnesses at Hearing on Egypt 2 Years After Morsi

CSP, by Olivia McCoy, May 20, 2015:

On Wednesday morning, May 20th,  the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee On Middle East and North Africa, looking at the state of Egypt after the ousting of President Mohammad Morsi.  This hearing follows the assassination of judges and prosecutors in Sinai this past Saturday when Morsi was sentenced to death. Recently there has an increase in attacks on judges in Egypt following convictions of Muslim Brotherhood members.

During the hearing, both the representatives and the witnesses emphasized the importance of continuing to strengthen our relationship with Egypt, while not condoning the social injustices taking place under Sisi’s regime. The witnesses stressed the importance of Egypt striking the balance between security and democracy, and argued for an increased military relationship with Egypt as Sisi continues his efforts against Muslim Brotherhood and Jihadist groups in the Sinai.

Egypt’s president, Abdel el-Sisi, has reportedly destroyed 80% of weapon smuggling tunnels leading out of the country. The current Egyptian government has also begun arresting members of the Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced Morsi to death. All three of the witnesses agreed that they did not believe Morsi and affiliates will eventually be executed, but Mr. Tadros argues that the government is using the ruling in order to send a message that they are willing to take all necessary steps to stop Muslim Brotherhood from growing and continuing to fight the government.

In response to questions posed by Rep Lois Frankel (D-FL), Dr. Eric Trager urged the U.S. to better coordinate its policy on Libya and Sinai with Egypt. The panelists agreed that there is a real threat to Egypt from the Islamic State, specifically coming from Libya.

While commenting Russian relations with Egypt, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) turned heads when he stated, “I think it’s a good thing that the Russians are helping Sisi”. The representative expressed that he thought it was “outrageous” that the U.S. gave Egypt helicopters without proper defense mechanisms to counter jihadist attacks. Rohrabacher argues Russia selling weapons to Egypt is a “good thing” because it will strengthen the military when fighting jihadists.

The witnesses disagreed arguing that relations between Russia and Egypt pose a problem to the United States, who should keep an eye on the relationship between Russia and Egypt. Their opinions stemmed from the concern that unlike the United States, Russia won’t push for more democracy and improved human rights.

Democracy was a strong theme throughout course of the hearing. Dr. Okail revealed that Egyptian media speaks favorably of Russia because it provides a simple relationship. Russia does not push for greater democracy as the United States does. Mr. Tadros argued that the United States should invest in creating Egyptian institutions that allow citizens to raise concerns about their government in a democratic manner. The witnesses revealed that the current Egyptian Regime, under Sisi, has been incredibly restrictive about the press and TV programs. Dr. Okail commented on the importance of the Internet and pushing for an unrestricted Internet where people can have a cyber forum to voice their concerns, whether that be through Facebook or other websites. She revealed that currently, many Egyptian civilians do not have access to the Internet.

The lack of free speech in Egypt was concerning to the panelists and representatives alike. Mr. Tadros revealed that atheists have received prison sentences up to three years for posts on Facebook, and that human rights defenders, both domestic and international, have been arrested. All three panelists agreed that the U.S. cannot influence Egypt in a more democratic direction while the government still faces a threat from the Muslim Brotherhood. Ultimately, all three witnesses agreed that the United State’s idea of democracy can’t be sustained in Egypt until new, independent institutions are created to defend it.

Egypt remains an important ally because of the critical role they play in control of the Suarez canal and as a buffer between territories controlled by the Islamic State. The United States needs to continue strengthening our military relationship with Egypt while condemning the government’s infringement on democratic rights such as free speech.

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Hamas-Loving Canadian Islamist Baffled by Suspension

“For many years,” the article begins, “Hamas was my passion.”

Hussein Hamdani, a Canadian lawyer, described his excitement and nervousness over meeting Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin in Gaza. The article, published in 2004, was part of a tribute to Yassin after he was killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Hamdani calls Yassin “the people’s Shaykh” and explains that Yassin was part of a group of Hamas founders who decided “armed struggle must be established” against Israel. “It was like sitting at the feet of history,” Hamdani glowingly wrote about meeting one of his heroes. Yassin’s vision “represented the hope that the occupying forces could be defeated.”

One year after openly embracing a jihadist movement in writing, Hamdani was named to a Canadian national security roundtable, where he continued to serve until being suspended April 29 pending an investigation. A spokesperson for Canada’s Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said that although questions about Hussein’s “radical ideology have circulated for some time, it was hoped that he could be a positive influence to promote Canadian values in the Muslim community. It is now becoming clear this may not have been the case.”

Hamdani calls the suspension political and went on radio last week threatening legal action against people who called attention to his past statements and connections.

The Hamas article has drawn little attention amid the litany of Hamdani’s indulgence with radical ideas and organizations. Among the others:

  • As a Muslim Students Association officer at McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario in 1996, Hamdani wrote a three-page section for “A Guide on How to Run a Successful MSA.” His chapter, “Islamization of Campus Politics and the Politicization of the MSA,” said, “it should be the long-term goal of every MSA to Islamicize the politics of their respective university …It is the duty of the MSA to bring morality back into the campus.” [Emphasis original]

As an example, he cited a proposal to grant benefits to same-sex couples, which “should clearly be seen as immoral and thus voted against or ignored.”

Hamdani later served as MSA president at the University of Western Ontario. The MSA was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members who came to North America to attend universities here. The Brotherhood’s goal is to spread the faith throughout the world. In the words of founder Hassan al-Banna: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

  • His own biography identifies Hamdani as “a founding member of the Ihya Foundation.” Ihya worked with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) in creating annual “Reviving the Islamic Spirit” conferences in 2003. According to the Canadian online publication Point de Bascule, which has investigated Hamdani for several years, Hamdani was publicly described as a “key organizer” of the early conferences.

One conference featured William Baker, a neo-Nazi, radical U.S. imam Siraj Wahhaj and Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it had “credible intelligence that conferences similar Reviving the Islamic Spirit “were being used by terrorist organizations to fundraise and to hide the travel of terrorists themselves.” The statement came after five American Muslims sued the Department of Homeland Security for being detained, fingerprinted and questioned as they returned from the 2004 conference. That assessment was reinforced in an appellate court opinion which noted a review of classified information, “CBP [Customs and Border Police] had reason to believe that known terrorists, or those with terrorist ties, would be attending the RIS Conference.”

  • In 2012, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked WAMY’s charitable status after the organization was found to have financed an al-Qaida affiliated organization.

Hamdani’s suspension from the national security panel came the same night a French-language TVA Nouvelles report showcased these and other radical connections. He dismissed the move as retaliation by Conservative Party of Canada members who may be irked by his recent activity for the Liberal Party.

The allegations against him “are lies. I have never, ever, ever been involved with any organization that has links to terrorism whatsoever,” Hamdani told Hamilton radio host Scott Thompson May 12. He also threatened to pursue defamation lawsuits against his critics.

But between 2005 and 2009, two charities Hamdani worked with – the Halton Islamic Association and the Hamdani Foundation – contributed more than $25,000 to IRFAN-Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided IRFAN-Canada’s offices last summer and added the organization to a list of terrorist supporters after auditors determined it sent nearly $15 million to Hamas in that same time period.

Hamdani also claimed a standing invitation to a counter-radicalization program organized by the U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Justice this July. Neither organization replied to emails from the Investigative Project on Terrorism seeking confirmation.

“I’ve been vetted by CSIS, the RCMP, the CIA, and the FBI,” Hamdani claimed on Thompson’s program, though it is not clear how or why the CIA would vet the Canadian lawyer.

Most of these disclosures first came from Point de Bascule (Tipping Point). In the radio interview, Hamdani accused Point de Bascule director Marc Lebuis of being “one of these grand conspiracy theorists that, ‘Oh, every Muslim is a dangerous Muslim.’ And so he had a whole page on me for a long, long time and I just ignored it because, you know, there’s lots of kind of racist guys out there with blogs and you don’t react to every single one.”

Lebuis declined a request for comment.

Asked about the MSA Guide’s instruction to “bring morality back into the campus,” Hamdani said his views on same-sex marriage have changed over the years. But his rambling answer, heard in its entirety below, spent more time arguing that the charge to Islamize campus actually was an endorsement of the democratic process.

[Go to IPT for the audio, I can’t embed it here]

“So anyone who’s saying, ‘you shouldn’t encourage Muslims to vote in elections’ is actually acting undemocratic,” Hamdani said.

None of his critics said anything remotely close. The issue was Hamdani’s instruction in the MSA Guide to Islamize campus politics. Taken in context of his other activities – his admitted “passion” for Hamas, his leadership role in helping launch conferences with radical speakers and more – the concern expressed by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney makes a lot more sense.

As a student, Hamdani was comfortable advocating that people Islamize their communities. During his time on the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on National Security, though, he has advocated that Canada follow the United States in avoiding references to religion when discussing terrorist threats and attacks.

It is not clear how long the investigation into Hamdani will last.

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Ezra Levant interviews Marc Lebuis:

Trove of Bin Laden documents released

binladen-562x281Fox News, May 20, 2015:

U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of documents recovered during the 2011 raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound — offering a rare window into the operations of Al Qaeda and bin Laden’s involvement in leading the network from his Pakistan hideaway.

The documents include dozens of letters, some from  bin Laden himself, as well as accounting information and even what appears to be an application form for prospective Al Qaeda members. That form, which asks a series of detailed questions, includes the line: “Who should we contact in case you became a martyr?”

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The correspondence itself shows bin Laden continued to be engaged from his hideout and sought to direct operations. Shortly before he was killed in the May 2011 raid, a letter shows him celebrating the Arab Spring revolutions which had toppled Tunisia’s leader at that point and were mounting in several other countries.

“These are gigantic events that will eventually engulf most of the Muslim world, will free the Muslim land from American hegemony, and is troubling America whose Secretary of State declared that they are worried about the armed Muslims controlling the Muslim region,” bin Laden wrote, according to a translated version.

Bin Laden, writing to a follower identified as Atiyah, called for more Al Qaeda involvement in these countries once their leaders were deposed. He described the events as “critical to our nation,” advising against being “fully occupied with the Afghanistan front.” Bin Laden wrote, “we should give our main attention to the Muslim nation’s revolution …” He called for supporting the rebellions and pursuing an “education stage” whenever rulers were deposed, by “mobilizing” writers and technicians to guide those nations.

Another message, undated and unsigned, speaks to similar themes.

The letter lashes out against Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president who would soon be toppled. “The regime destroys the souls of the people from the palace,” it says. “Just as an unarmed man is killed by gunfire. [Mubarak] does as he wishes with the blood of the Muslims.” The letter details Al Qaeda’s plans, including a call to immediate action and an ominous warning that “disagreeing is bad for all.”

The letter says Ayman al-Zawahiri, now believed to be running Al Qaeda, is the appropriate person “from our ranks” to intervene because he is a “man of Egypt.”

The correspondence also includes letters among the bin Laden family members. One 2010 letter offers a glimpse into the Al Qaeda leader’s surveillance worries. In it, he urges his wife to “leave everything behind, including clothes, books, everything that she had in Iran” before arriving, warning about eavesdropping and the possibility that the Iranians would “implant a chip in some of the belongings that you might have brought along with you.”

Other documents show the day-to-day operations in Al Qaeda. One identified as “Instructions to Applicants” appears to be a form for Al Qaeda prospects. It asks for basic biographical information, as well as for information about “hobbies,” whether they know experts in chemistry, where they’ve traveled, and even “do you wish to execute a suicide operation?” This is followed by the question about whom to contact in case the applicant becomes a “martyr.”

Yet another document, a message in response to one of then-President George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses, warned that the “motives that led to 9/11 are still there.” The message, presumably from bin Laden, said the 9/11 hijackers “are not exceptional freaks of history, but are the vanguards of a nation that rose up for Jihad, and there are millions of their brothers eager to seek the same path.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the document release, titled “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf,” follows a “rigorous interagency review.”

The office said the intelligence community “will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release.”

The documents, recovered from the compound four years ago, are being released now because legislation mandated their declassification.

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